Nevada’s state and federal lawmakers have been working to bring medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley to the university to conduct a pilot study on the safety and efficacy of marijuana on veterans with chronic and treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder.
While the study would be financially supported by sponsors and not receive any federal money, it has received all the federal approvals, said Sisley, who has been working on securing the study since 2011. She is hoping the university will provide the research space.
“That was a miracle in itself,” said Sisley of the potential early-phase drug development trial. “We had to hurdle four different obstacles to get to a point where we could actually research. It was a big achievement, and we were really close to getting implemented.”
She would study five different strains of marijuana that would be smoked or vaporized and inhaled by 70 veterans. The goal is to develop a marijuana drug in plant form approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It would be the first and only randomized controlled trial in the country looking at marijuana in treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Famous Last Words
“(The marijuana is) FDA-approved. The marijuana comes from a government farm. You couldn’t have a more federally approved plan than this. No one’s going to take (UNLV’s) money away, and this is a golden opportunity to get out of this fear, this fog and move forward.” – Nevada State Sen. Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas) voicing support for bringing Dr. Sisley’s research project to UNLV